Judaism: The First Phase: The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism


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Most studies of how early Judaism related to the non-Jewish world and how it was perceived by others start no earlier than the Hellenistic period. Joseph Blenkinsopp argues that we must go further back, to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and its temple and the liquidation of the political and religious infrastructure -- monarchy, priesthood, scribalism, prophecy -- which had sustained the Judean state for centuries. Moving beyond the ideologically driven approaches of scholars over the past two centuries, he ...

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